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The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics [Hardcover]

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Book Description

September 4, 2007
There are certain tools no home cook should be without: a well-sharpened chef’s knife, sturdy mixing bowls, and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook–The Original Classics. This indispensable reference book gathers more than 1,100 recipes published in Martha Stewart Living from its inception in 1990 to 2000–a decade’s worth of the best of the best from every issue. Now, well into the magazine’s second decade, the editors of Martha’s flagship magazine have revisited this landmark cookbook, adding new content such as suggested menus, an updated pantry and equipment section, a revised source list, how-to photos, and nutritional information to reflect the way we cook today.

From basics to breakfast, from poultry to pastry, The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook–The Original Classics is filled with recipes for every cook and every occasion. Whether it’s a special dinner party, a sit-down luncheon for a bride-to-be, or a casual weeknight supper, this updated collection offers wonderful options across 22 categories, including Starters, Meat, Poultry, Fish and Shellfish, Salads, Soups, Meatless Main Dishes, and Desserts. Throughout, there are essential classes (cooking 101s) for dishes that should be in every cook’s repertoire: roast turkey, whole poached salmon, glazed ham, prime rib roast, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, and mashed potatoes, as well as recipes that invite you to stretch your cooking knowledge and expertise.

Helpful tips and techniques, comprehensive equipment glossaries, plus a guide to finding unusual ingredients make the kitchen-tested recipes accessible to home cooks everywhere. The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook–The Original Classics belongs on every kitchen counter in America.


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Glazed Ham 101 and Mrs. Kostyra's Babkas
From Martha Stewart, Author of The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The Original Classics and The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook: The New Classics

Throughout my childhood in Nutley, New Jersey, holiday meals--and even summer picnics--often included a delicious smoked ham. My father would take special trips into Manhattan to Mr. Kurowycky's shop on the Lower East Side, which specialized in Eastern European-style cured meats. When Dad returned home, we’d score the ham, brush on a thick layer of brown sugar, and bake it in the oven.

I've made many of my own trips to Kurowycky's until very recently, when the store closed. As for the ham’s preparation, I tinkered with the family recipe, incorporating different spices and sweeteners to create my own glaze. In this version, the spice from the yellow mustard and fennel seeds balances the brown sugar and molasses, while the fresh bay leaves wrapped around the shank bone add an ornamental and flavorful finish. --Martha Stewart

See the recipes for Glazed Ham and Mrs. Kostyra's Babkas in the Fall into Cooking store.


About the Author

Martha Stewart Living magazine was first published in 1990. Over the years, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine’s editors.

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of best-selling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the successful daily syndicated television show.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Rev Upd edition (September 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307393828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307393821
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, homekeeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living; produces Martha Stewart Living Radio; and provides a wealth of ideas and information on her website.

Customer Reviews

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent cookbook September 15, 2007
By Phil
Format:Hardcover
A really great cookbook--not too complicated, but not dumbed down. A decent variety for an MS book None of the recipes are TOO exotic, but foods from a variety of cultures are here. Granted it's mostly American/European, but there's a fair number of Latin and Asian foods and a bit of others as well.

If anything, I'd like to see more in the Meats chapter. Poultry chapter, breakfast chapter, and all the baking chapters are particularly strong. Some nice hints here and there--like how to make a paper clip into a cherry pitter.

NOT a comprehensive cookbook--don't think this will replace your JOY of COOKING book! But, this is my new GO-TO for cooking for company, or a bit more fancy weekday meal.

One interesting thing about this and Great Food Fast is that you see a lot of the graduated/advanced versions of simple dishes from GFF in MSLC! Examples: tortilla pie and pork tenderloin with mustard sauce are represented in both, with a longer ingredient list in this book. The tortilla pie gets cornmeal crusted chicken and other stuff added, and the sauce for the pork is more sophisticated--and includes blackberries! Blackberries and dijon are an EXCELLEND combo, BTW. So, I suppose this is a good book to graduate to if you're a beginner and are ready to move past simpler stuff.

I consider myself a fairly advanced HOME cook, and though there's not much in this book that stretches my abilities, it's a welcome addition to my large collection--I just think when you do something Martha's way, you're doing it in a correct, classy way! (I say that because I love her baking handbook)

I recommend this book highly.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice! November 18, 2007
Format:Hardcover
I can't believe not many others have reviewed this really wonderful cookbook. So much thought and energy are placed into anything Martha does, either by Martha herself or by her fabulous staff that one can always be assured of excellent results. This compendium is no different. My only small point of contention is that there could have been more photos, a common complaint for me. I can never have enough photos. After trying several recipes and eagerly wanting to try many more I can give this cookbook a happy and sincere recommendation! You will be pleased.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Recipes available online January 24, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I wanted to preview this cookbook before I considered purchasing it, so I checked it out of my local library. I saw many recipes I wished to try, so I went online to Martha Stewart's website and discovered that ALL the recipes I searched for were on her website for free. So if you want to try before you buy, visit marthastewart.com, click on the "Food" tab at the top of the page, and then on the"recipe finder" tab on the left hand side of the page.

This may also eliminate some of the frustrations mentioned by other reviewers--a cookbook with print "in the ditch" and the confusion of the multi-volume index.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Queen of the Kitchen January 25, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Martha knows cooking. What else needs to be said.
My wife swears by all of her books and products. Good value for the price
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Martha! December 2, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have the blue Modern Classics book and finally purchased this as I was sick of the index listing recipes from this book in it as well as it's own. Martha never disappoints and this book lives up to that!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Add to my collection! September 27, 2012
By AG
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book for home cooked meals and hoilday dinners. I brought the blue edition at a "Big Lots" kind of store and it was only $5.99 and when I seen they didn't have this edition I was a little upset they didn't have the other for the same price. So I looked everywhere on the Internet and found this one only it was cheaper then what I paid for the other edition. Thanks for finishing out my MS collection. Also, it arrived a little earlier then what I thought but who is complaining?....I would buy from them again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome as always January 5, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Martha does it again. A great collection of recipes and advice to allow readers to create great food. Worth the small price many times over!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! January 19, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Big Martha fan. Love the recipes in this great book. I prefer cookbooks with pictures and this book doesn't have any.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Martha always inspires me
Now I have the first book of her two part series for our collection. I will continue to purchase more of her books for our library
Published 5 months ago by james niedosik
4.0 out of 5 stars loved this book
This a good book by Martha Stewart, is a recollection of all her most famous recipes, isnt a book with tons of pictures, so if you are looking at that you won't find it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Belen Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
Should be in every cook's cookbook library. Recipes are easy to follow, whether simple or complicated . Nice twists on standard recipes, plus lots of new ideas.
Published 13 months ago by P. Vaux
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice addition
Great price! Nice addition to my collection. I got it for about $.65 used but it looks new as the day it was born.
Published 15 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Love iT
I bought this book used for next to nothing and it was in excellent condition. The book itself has wonderful recipes that are fantastic. Read more
Published 24 months ago by redbirdsfan
3.0 out of 5 stars yuuummyy
As a vegan/vegetarian cook, only a few recipes really caught my eye. But of the few I have either converted or tried straight out, I was generally content with the recipes. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by neonstaples
4.0 out of 5 stars Was good but...........
I liked the book and it will be helpful however it wasn't exactly what I thought it would be. Not sure what I was expecting.
Published on January 11, 2009 by R. Lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is useless
Absolutely horrible. There is no index and the table of contents has no subsections. There is no way to find any particular recipe except to scroll through the entire book. Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by gecko16
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